Thursday, December 19, 2013

Superlative Blog Fest: Best in Show

 
Hard to believe that it’s the last day of the blog fest! Hope you’ve had fun!
  
Today’s topic: BEST IN SHOW
 
I read over 60 books this year, but these are the 2013-published YA books I read: REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver), HYSTERIA (Megan Miranda), THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER (Megan Shepard), JUST ONE DAY (Gayle Forman), ELEANOR AND PARK (Rainbow Rowell), NOBODY BUT US (Kristen Halbrook), ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill), THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (Miranda Kenneally), THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey), TAKEN (Erin Bowman), 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma), FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK (Matthew Quick). THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater), FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell), SMOKE (Ellen Hopkins), WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller), REVEALED (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US (Lauren Myracle)
 
Again, I may mention THE DREAM THIEVES. A lot. Again – I apologize for nothing. :)
 
Favorite Cover: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater) and FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell)
 
Cutest Couple: Levi and Cather (FANGIRL, Rainbow Rowell)

Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz Winner.): THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater)

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you just couldn’t put down!) THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater)

Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.): THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater)

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel: REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver)

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath: Wren and Charlie (THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US, Lauren Myracle)

Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.) ELEANOR AND PARK (Rainbow Rowell), TAKEN (Erin Bowman), ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill), and NOBODY BUT US (Kristin Halbrook)

Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, BEFORE 2012.): SECOND CHANCE SUMMER (Morgan Matson)

Book Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry: FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK (Matthew Quick)

Most Pleasant Surprise (Best book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.): 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma)

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater) and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill)
 
Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more.): WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller)
 
Favorite Outlier BIRD BY BIRD (Anne Lamott)

Your turn! Pick your own superlative category and post it at the end this day’s list. Blog hoppers will be able to drop by and vote for their pick in the comments of your blog!

Character who deserved the biggest hug: Adam (THE DREAM THIEVES, Maggie Stiefvater) and Leonard Peacock (FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK, Matthew Quick)

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL holiday! Thank you so much for participating this week! Oh, and don't forget to add your link below!
 


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Superlative Blog Fest: Elements of Fiction


Having fun? Me too! Today's topic: Elements of Fiction

I read over 60 books this year, but these are the 2013-published YA books I read: REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver), HYSTERIA (Megan Miranda), THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER (Megan Shepard), JUST ONE DAY (Gayle Forman), ELEANOR AND PARK (Rainbow Rowell), NOBODY BUT US (Kristen Halbrook), ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill), THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (Miranda Kenneally), THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey), TAKEN (Erin Bowman), 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma), FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK (Matthew Quick). THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater), FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell), SMOKE (Ellen Hopkins), WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller), REVEALED (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US (Lauren Myracle)


Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.) FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell)

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you definitely would NOT want to visit.) THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey)
 
Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you’d happily travel to.): JUST ONE DAY (Gayle Forman)

Loveliest Prose: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater) and REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver)

Most Dynamic Main Character: Gansey (THE DREAM THIEVES, Maggie Stiefvater)

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending: NOBODY BUT US (Kristin Halbrook)

Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Kat (WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, Trish Doller)

Best Use of Theme: THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (Miranda Keneally) and FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell)

So, what were your favorites in these categories? Sign up on the linky and tell us all about it!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Superlative Blog Fest: Popularity Contest


It's Day Two of the Superlative Blog fest and today we're choosing our faves yearbook style. If you want to join in the fun, click here for a recap of the "rules" and hop aboard!

I read over 60 books this year, but these are the 2013-published YA books I read: REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver), HYSTERIA (Megan Miranda), THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER (Megan Shepard), JUST ONE DAY (Gayle Forman), ELEANOR AND PARK (Rainbow Rowell), NOBODY BUT US (Kristen Halbrook), ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill), THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (Miranda Kenneally), THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey), TAKEN (Erin Bowman), 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma), FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK (Matthew Quick). THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater), FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell), SMOKE (Ellen Hopkins), WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller), REVEALED (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US (Lauren Myracle)

Popularity Contest

Mostly Likely to start a Riot: Ronan (THE DREAM THIEVES, Maggie Stiefvater) and Will (NOBODY BUT US, Kristin Holbrook)

Biggest Flirt: Alex (WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, Trish Doller)

Fashion King and/or Queen: Aphrodite (REVEALED, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast)

Girl You’d Most Want For Your BFF: Tessa (THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US, Lauren Myracle) and Parker (THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, Miranda Kenneally)


Boy You Wish You’d Dated in High School: Heath Luck (REVEALED, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast), Adam (THE DREAM THIEVES, Maggie Stiefvater), Levi (FANGIRL, Rainbow Rowell), Alex (WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE), or Finn (ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, Cristin Terrill)

Most Likely to Become President: Gansey (THE DREAM THIEVES, Maggie Stiefvater).


Quirkiest Character: Eleanor AND Park (ELEANOR AND PARK, Rainbow Rowell)

Villain You Love to Hate: Asher (FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK, Matthew Quick)

Favorite Parental Figure: Greg (WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, Trish Doller)

Coolest Nerd: Levi (FANGIRL, Rainbow Rowell)


Add your name to the linky below and join in the fun! Can't wait to see your choices!


Monday, December 16, 2013

SUPERLATIVE BLOG FEST: Head of the Class


The Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest is hosted by Katy Upperman, Tracey Neithercott, Jessica Love, and me, and is a fun and interactive way to highlight and share your favorite YA novels, covers, characters, and story elements. The Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest will span four days, beginning today and culminating Thursday, December 19th. And…AND if you participate all four days, you could win your choice of a 2013 book!
The rules for participating are simple:

1. Select books/characters that apply to the superlative topics for each day of the blogfest. Feel free to give explanations for your choices. You can go into as much detail as you like!

2. Add a link to your post on Katy's, Jessica’s, Tracey’s or my blog.

3. Take a few moments to hop around and check out the superlatives of other participants each day.

See? Fun AND easy! But wait, there’s more!

Some additional information:

- Unless otherwise indicated by the topic, stick with books published in 2013.

- Of course we want you to participate in all four days of the blogfest, but if you’re only able to commit to a day or two, that’s cool too! (but…BUT if you do participate all four days, you could win a 2013 book of your choosing. Just sayin’)

- Don’t have a book or character to fit a particular topic? No biggie—just skip it!

- For the sake of continuity, focus on YA books only.

- Pretty please keep your posts spoiler free

Today’s topic:
Head of the Class
I read over 60 books this year, but these are the 2013-published YA books I read: REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver), HYSTERIA (Megan Miranda), THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER (Megan Shepard), JUST ONE DAY (Gayle Forman), ELEANOR AND PARK (Rainbow Rowell), NOBODY BUT US (Kristen Halbrook), ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill), THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (Miranda Kenneally), THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey), TAKEN (Erin Bowman), 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma), FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK (Matthew Quick). THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater), FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell) (technically NA, but I'm including it), SMOKE (Ellen Hopkins), WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller), REVEALED (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US (Lauren Myracle)

Also, I may or may not mention THE DREAM THIEVES. A lot. I apologize for nothing.

Favorite Dystopian: TAKEN (Erin Bowman) and REQUIEM (Lauren Oliver)
Favorite Science Fiction: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater) (it has some science-y elements in it) and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill)
Honorable Mention: THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey)

Favorite Fantasy: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater). The story has some pretty fantastic fantastical elements.

Favorite Contemporary: FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell), WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller), and JUST ONE DAY (Gayle Forman)
Favorite Action/Adventure: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater) and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS (Cristin Terrill)

Favorite Historical Fiction: ELEANOR AND PARK (Rainbow Rowell)

Favorite Comedy: THE DREAM THIEVES (yes, I know…not technically a comedy, but Ronan makes me laugh)
Favorite Mystery: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater)

Favorite Romance: THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US (Lauren Myracle) and FANGIRL (Rainbow Rowell)
Favorite Paranormal: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater) and 17 & GONE (Nova Ren Suma)
Favorite Family Drama: WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller)

Favorite Genre Bender: THE DREAM THIEVES (Maggie Stiefvater)

Add your name to the linky below and join in the fun! Can't wait to see your choices!